LibriVox recording of 'You Know Me Al', by Ring Lardner. Read by Rick Rodstrom.
Big, fat, dumb, lazy, vain, headstrong and cheap, Jack Keefe is a journeyman pitcher with the Chicago White Sox in the rowdy days of the Deadball Era, circa 1915, ruled by the likes of Ty Cobb and John McGraw. In You Know Me Al, we follow Jack Keefe's life on-field and off, via the letters Jack writes to his old chum Al in his home town of Bedford, Indiana.
Ring Lardner was a Chicago sportswriter who covered the White Sox, and he brought an insider's knowledge of clubhouse life together with his biting wit and gift for the vernacular to create a comic gem in You Know Me Al. The six Jack Keefe stories that compose this volume were originally written as individual magazine articles, but the epistolary format made it easy to collect them into a single running narrative covering Jack's first two years in the Big Leagues.
It isn't necessary to know baseball history to enjoy the book, which is as much about Jack's troubles with girlfriends, wives and babies as it is about the Chicago White Sox. For the baseball fan, however, this glimpse into a bygone era adds an extra layer of fascination. In any case, Lardner's portrait of the professional ballplayer as a dumb, drunken narcissist is as funny today as the day it was written. (Summary by Rick Rodstrom)
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September 27, 2021 Subject:
Excellent and highly entertaining.
Here's my five Stars.
August 16, 2013 Subject:
Love the book - and it is absolutely perfectly read by Rick Rodstrom!
Update Nov 2012: I'm listening to it yet again. I think that Mr Rodstrom is the best character reader - accurate and funny - that I've ever heard!
November 28, 2012 Subject:
Great story and reader, not so good sound quality
Loved the story and the reader, but I'm only giving it 4 stars because the plosives (breaths directly hitting the mic, causing an explosive sound) were legion. It distracted from the otherwise superb recording.
I would still recommend this highly, however.
February 15, 2011 Subject:
Great story, and one of the best Libravox readings ever!
September 1, 2009 Subject:
You know us Ring.
A great baseball story. A funny tale made all the more laughable by a wonderful reader.